Bioinformatics Faculty

Only faculty affiliated with ILS are listed on this page.  Learn more about Institute of Bioinformatics faculty. The Institute of Bioinformatics Graduate Coordinator is Jan Mrazek (

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Bahl, Justin

Justin Bahl Associate Professor Infectious Diseases; Bioinformatics Ecology, epidemiology and evolution of infectious RNA viruses (Influenza A virus, avian paramyxovirus, RSV, MERS-CoV) in animals and humans Website

Bennetzen, Jeff

Jeff Bennetzen Professor Genetics; Bioinformatics Plant genomics and genome evolution, transposable elements, and regulatory gene evolution. Website

Bensasson, Douda 

Douda Bensasson Associate Professor Bioinformatics; Plant Biology Genome bioinformatics, ecological and evolutionary genomics of yeast. Website

Bergman, Casey 

Casey Bergman Associate Professor Bioinformatics; Genetics Website

Bik, Holly

Holly Bik Assistant Professor Marine Sciences, Bioinformatics Invertebrate microbiomes; nematode ecology and evolution; benthic and deep-sea habitats; using environmental DNA for biomonitoring Website

Buell, C. Robin

C. Robin Buell Professor GRA Eminent Scholar Chair in Crop Genomics Plant Biology, Bioinformatics Plant genome biology with a focus on crops and medicinal plants; Synthetic biology; Evolution of natural product biosynthesis Website

Cai, Liming

Liming Cai Professor Bioinformatics Website

Cohen, Natalie

Natalie Cohen Assistant Professor Marine Sciences, Bioinformatics Marine microbial ecology; phytoplankton physiology; ocean biogeochemistry; environmental bioinformatics Website

Dawe, Kelly

Kelly Dawe Distinguished Research Professor Genetics; Plant Biology Plant centromere and kinetochore structure and function. Website

Devos, Katrien

Katrien Devos Distinguished Research Professor Bioinformatics; Plant Biology Crop genetics, comparative genomics and genome evolution. Website

Douglass, Eugene

Eugene Douglass Assistant Professor Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Multi-drug resistance(MDR) causes most cancer deaths(Nat. Rev. Cancer 2018, 18, 452). We use organic chemistry, cell biology and data-science to overcome MDR. Website

Dundas, Chris

Chris Dundas Assistant Professor Department of Plant Biology & Institute of Bioinformatics Using plant and microbial synthetic biology to study and design plant form/function, engineer plant microbiomes, and aid biological carbon sequestration. Website

Edison, Arthur

Arthur Edison Professor GRA Eminent Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Genetics Metabolomics and systems biology of Caenorhabditis elegans using NMR, mass spec, and computational approaches. Website

Fox, Spencer J.

Spencer J. Fox Assistant Professor, Bioinformatics Understanding and forecasting infectious disease dynamics with the goal of improving public health outcomes and policies; specialize in integrating population-level infectious disease data with epidemiological models through statistical analysis and simulation; primarily work on respiratory viruses like influenza and COVID-19, among others. Website

Funato, Kosuke

Kosuke Funato Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain tumors; oncohistone mutations; human ES cell-based tumor modeling; tumor heterogeneity and evolution Website

Gill, Mandev S.

Mandev S. Gill Assistant Professor, Institute of Bioinformatics Statistical and computational methods for phylodynamic inference. Website

Ginn, Olivia

Olivia Ginn Assistant Professor, Institute of Bioinformatics Characterization and modeling of antimicrobial resistance and disease transmission in air and water and the implications for human and environmental health.

Glenn, Travis

Travis Glenn Professor Environmental Health Sciences; Bioinformatics; Toxicology Environmental Genomics; Crocodilians; Reptilian Genomics; Molecular Ecology. Website

Kannan, Natarajan

Natarajan Kannan Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics Evolutionary systems biology; protein kinase signaling in plants, pathogens and microbes. Evolution and classification of glycoenzymes. Website

Kissinger, Jessica

Jessica Kissinger Distinguished Research Professor Bioinformatics; Genetics Parasite genomics and the biology of genome evolution. Website

Li, He

He Li Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Disease, Institute of Bioinformatics Develop novel mathematical methods for integrating human and machine intelligence to continuously improve the capabilities and accuracy of the disease forecasting models. Website

Liu, Liang

Liang Liu Assistant Professor Bioinformatics Phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, statistics. Website

Liu, Tianming

Tianming Liu Professor Bioinformatics; Neuroscience Multiscale and multimodal brain mapping with applications to brain diseases. Website

Mao, Leidong

Leidong Mao Associate Professor Bioinformatics Micro- and nano-technology, lab-on-a-chip systems, microfluidics, single cell study, cancer diagnostics. Website

Mrázek, Jan

Jan Mrázek Associate Professor Bioinformatics; Microbiology Use bioinformatics and comparative genomics to study relationships between the genomic DNA sequence and the organism’s physiological characteristics,and regulatory processes that govern the flow of genetic information. Website

Ottesen, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Ottesen Assistant Professor Microbiology Ecology and physiology of environmental microbes. The use of community genomics and transcriptomics to examine microbial behavior in natural systems. Website

Paterson, Andrew

Andrew Paterson Regents Professor and Head, Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory Plant Biology; Genetics; Bioinformatics My unit’s work addresses dimensions of plant genome biology relevant toward a more bio-based economy, linking increased fundamental knowledge to improved human lives. Website

Quinn, Shannon

Shannon Quinn Assistant Professor Cellular Biology Biomedical imaging and large graph mining in public health applications. Website

Rohani, Pejman

Pejman Rohani Regents' Professor Infectious Diseases The ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, including measles, pertussis, avian influenza, dengue and polio using computational modeling. Website

Schmitz, Bob

Bob Schmitz Professor Genetics Population epigenomics and mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance. Website

Schuttler, Heinz-Bernd

Heinz-Bernd Schüttler Professor Bioinformatics Computational biology, functional genomics, kinetics of biochemical reaction networks. Website

Taha, Thiab

Thiab Taha Professor Institute of Bioinformatics Computational Science and Parallel Computing; Bioinformatics: Involved in a project called: Computing Life: to solve system of differential equations that model biochemical reaction networks by using efficient/parallel numerical methods. Website

Tarleton, Rick

Rick Tarleton Professor Cellular Biology Mechanisms of immunity and disease in Trypanosoma cruzi infection (Chagas Disease); Basic and applied biology of T. cruzi. Website

Tsai, C.J.

C.J. Tsai Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Bioinformatics; Genetics; Plant Biology Growth-defense tradeoff, phenylpropanoid metabolism and carbon allocation, gene family evolution and functional diversification, alternative splicing and gene duplication. Website

Wallace, Jason

Jason Wallace Associate Professor Bioinformatics Quantitative genetics, crop genomics, crop-microbiome interactions. Website

Woods, Robert

Robert Woods Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Immunological carbohydrate-protein interactions studied by computational simulation and experimental methods. Website

Wu, Taotao

Taotao Wu Assistant Professor, Institute of Bioinformatics Traumatic brain injury: brain network under biomechanical attack, understanding the networked brain through its injury, injury biomechanics, network neuroscience. Website

Xie, Zhong-Ru (Paul)

Zhong-Ru (Paul) Xie Assistant Professor Bioinformatics Computational drug discovery, simulation model, new computational tools for drug design Website

Ye, Kaixiong

Kaixiong Ye Assistant Professor Genetics; Bioinformatics Nutritional Genomics; Human Genetics; Population and Quantitative Genomics; Gene-Diet Interaction during human evolution and in metabolic diseases; Website

Zhao, Shaying

Shaying Zhao Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics Cancer genomics; human junk DNA; genomic instability. Website